College football contains quite a tumultuous landscape. The mantra, “every week counts” is played to a raspy whisper at this point. However, weekends much like this past where the top 5 are either crashing through the wall or being thrown out on their ass show that one game can make or break you. College football is all about the streaks: Wins, yards, catches, completions, home, away, conference, out of conference, etc. How else would consistency and quality be quantified in the sport?
Fans of VT college football are very aware of streaks. Some are uglier than a mud fence (win % vs top 10) and others a sign of something on the brink (*ten win seasons). Either way, known most for its consistency in coaching and execution on the field, 2012 has become a misfire of the dumpster variety flying in the opposite direction. The chance for 10+ died in Pittsburgh. We all knew it. Most of us denied it, yet no one was quite ready for a 5 and 6 season with one left to go to complete the pick 6, you’re in the bowl mix: game. And that last one has to come against UVa at home?
It has been 722 days since UVa has scored an offensive touchdown. The last time they won actually helps remind me of my own Class of 2003 Reunion coming up. It’s almost expected. The rivalry has always counted but for many years there it was laughable. Last year seemed much bigger than it was, until the 38 point anvil dropped. This year, the boys up in Paris are doing as about as expected. Clouded in their own loss streak though is how close many of those were. To be honest, finishing off the year with UVa has become almost as welcoming the tryptophan induced coma after a Thanksgiving feast. Matt Schaub was their Mike Vick of sorts, giving them their last true blow for years to come.
Enter the 2012 UVa Wahoos. Disappointment is nothing new to their fanbase but it seemed things were supposed to go in the right direction under Mike London, last year’s ACC Coach of the Year. Unlike the chest beating and hoopla surrounding last go around, they have absolutely nothing left to lose this year. Not to mention, their traditionally bigger foe is finally within reach to give a deaths knell to the season.
This is where it gets ugly. One team, our team, is trying to redeem one shred of pride and tradition while the other wants to do everything in it’s power to tear that down. To them, the streak is theirs to upend. Even better is the satisfaction of having a chance to ruin even more than just a season by making ours truly go bowl ineligible for the first time in almost two decades (third highest in the country). Not giving them, wounded with nothing left, the respect they deserve would be foolish.
Then again, it’s UVA.
Boys, may they be the first thing fully lit up to bring us into yet another happy holiday season. Its hate week. Suck it, UVa.